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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, OCTOBER 25, 2013 Bush From page 1A Israel is America&apos;s best friend in the Middle East, and the defense of Israel is not only an American value, but is in America's strategic interest, said Bush, who en- tered the room to a prolonged applause from an audience previously unaware that he would appear. "[Bush] has long had very positive feelings toward the state of Israel and been a strong supporter of the secu- rity of the state of Israel, and this was really highlighted in the period after 9/11, when the intifada was also going on in Israel," Troy told JNS. org. "He recognized that Is- raers struggle and America's struggle were the same, and that Israel's enemies and America's enemies can over- lap as well." The former president said he misses only three things from his time in Washington, DC: not having to stop at stop lights, getting to salute men and women in uniform, and retired U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman. Lieberman, a vice presi- dential candidate who was the most prominent Sab- bath observer on Capitol Hill, was in the room to hear Bush's compliment, as he had just presented an award to former Conference of Presidents chairman James S. Tisch. Bush also said that it is not beneficial for the U.S. to have a past president "bloviating" while the current president is trying to run the country. The Conference of Presi- dents event honored Mal- colm Hoenlein, the umbrella Nash PAGE 15A organization's executive vice chairman since 1986. Bush joked that Hoenlein, unlike U.S. presidents, has no term limits. Alan Solow, former chair- man of the Conference of Presidents, told JNS.org re- garding Bush's appearance, "I was delighted that he joined us at this event." From page 1A Inc., a publicly traded real estate company based in Florida. Previously, he was a general partner of Odyssey Partners, L.P., joining the firm in 1988, and served in that post from 1989 until Coach Odyssey was liquidated in December 2007. Nash follows a long family tradition of charitable involve- ment and commitment to the Jewish community. Earlier this year, Joshua Nash re- ceived the inaugural Jack Nash Award from UJA-Fed- eration of New York's Private Equity Division, in honor of his father who was a highly respected leader in the Jewish community. He serves on the boards of Carnegie Hall, The Ethical Culture Fieldston School, The Mount Sinai Medical Center, and is Chairman Emeritus of The Jewish Museum. He is also a founding member of UJA-Federation of New York's InvestmentManagers Division. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Nash resides in New York City with his wife, Beth, and two children. Taglit-Birthright Israel sends Jewish adults between the ages of 18 and 26 to Israel to strengthen each participant's Jewish identity. The trip aims to build an understanding, friendship, and lasting bond with the land and people of Israel and to reinforce the solidarity of the Jewish people worldwide. Since its inception, more than 400,000 Jewish young adults have taken part inTaglit-Birthright Israel from more than 62 countries, all 50 U.S. states, and from nearly 1,000 North American college campuses. From page 1A "Royal's impressive collec- tion of professional experienc- es combined with his passion for sports and our community make him an ideal addition to our team," said David Wayne, executive director. "Because of his eight years of volunteer coaching at the JCC, he also has incredible relationships Sharkansky with many of our community members." In many ways, this is Web- ster's dream job. "I have coached at many dif- ferent levels, and I wanted an opportunity to not only coach, but run a sports program," Webster said. "I especially enjoy working with kids and young adults." Webster will oversee the strong Men's Basketball League and will continue working with Whitney Tossie, the JCC's youth basketball supervisor, on the popular league for boys and girls ages 7-18. "The level of coaching and training we will be bringing to our programs will be some of the best available in Cen- tral Florida," Webster said. "We have nationally ranked swimmers training here. We have daughters and sons of former NBA players and sons of current NCAA and NBA coaches playing here. They come here because of the atmosphere and training we provide." He has big plans for new sports at the Roth JCC. He plans to reintroduce youth soccer and tennis this year, as well as golf for children ages 3-14. He also is exploring the pos- sibility of one day offering SCUBA classes and a sports journalism camp. Webster touts the Roth JCC's strength in personal- izing its training to fit the individual's needs, regardless of skill level and looks forward to working side-by-side with Ren6 Nicholson, the Roth JCC's fitness director. He is also proud to work with a center that "has activities available for all, from infants to past 100." Webster can be reached at the Roth JCC at 407-621-4059 or at RoyalW@orlandojcc. org<mailto:RoyalW@orland- ojcc.org>. From page 4A housing. They argue that it is better to help poor people manage in the market than building public housingwhere land is cheap, which is likely to mean housing the poor a long way from job opportunities. Social programs are not the only issues on the Knesset's calendar and in the media. Politicians Mazzig From page 5A riences I have had. At a BDS event in Portland, a professor from a Seattle university told the assembled crowd that the Jews of Israel have no national rights and should be forced out of the country. When I asked, "Where do you want them to go?" she calmly answered, "I don't care. I don't care if they don't have any place else to go. They should not be there." When I responded that she was call- ing for ethnic cleansing, both she and her supporters denied it. And during a presentation in Seattle, I spoke about my longing for peace between Israel and the Palestinians. When I was done, a woman in her 60s stood up and yelled at me, "You are worse than the Nazis. You are just like the Nazi youth!" A number of times I was repeatedly ac- cused of being a killer, though I have never hurt anyone in my life. On other occasions, anti-Israel activists called me a rapist. The claims go beyond being absurd--in one case, a professor asked me if I knew how many Palestinians have been raped by IDF forces. I answered that as far as I knew, none. She triumphantly responded that I was right, because, she said, "You IDF soldiers don't rape Palestin- ians because Israelis are so racist and disgusted by them that you won't touch them." Such irrational accusa- tions are symptomatic of dangerous anti-Semitism. Yet, alarmingly, most main- stream American Jews are completely oblivious to this and commentators are concerned about a recent increase in the incidence of Palestinian violence against Jews (after a decline over several years), and the discovery that Gazans have been building tunnels that reach under Israel and may provide the wherewithal for attacks and kidnappings. There is also criticism of the Obama administration for reducing aid to the Egyptian regime, which is less than ideally democratic, but ac- tive in combating Islamic extremists, expectations that Obama will be soft on Iran, and criticism that Prime Minister Netanyahu is overly windy but ineffective in his campaign against Iran. Israelis are no more at the mercy of their politicians than are Americans or oth- ugly movement and the threat it poses. They seem to be asleep, unaware that this anti-Jewish bigotry is peddled on campuses, by speakers in high schools, churches, and communi- ties, and is often deceptively camouflaged in the rhetoric of human rights. The American Jewish com- munity and its leaders are not providing a united front to combat this latest threat. Unfortunately, this repeats a pattern of Jewish communal groups failing to unite in a timely way to counter threats against us individually and as a community. Shockingly, a small but very vocal number of Jews actively support BDS. They often belong to organizations that prominently include "Jewish" in their names, like Jewish Voice for Peace, to give cover to BDS and the anti-Semitism that animates it. A question that we, as a Jewish community must ask ourselves, is whether it is ever appropriate to include and accept Jews who support BDS and directly or indirectly advocate the ultimate elimi- nation of the Jewish State of Israel. I think it is not. My experiences in America have changed me. I never ex- pected to encounter such ha- tred and lies. I never believed that such anti-Semitism still existed, especially in the U.S. I never knew that the battle- field was not just Gaza, the West Bank, and hostile Middle Eastern countries wanting to destroy Israel and kill our citizens and soldiers. It is also here in America, where a battle must be waged against prejudice and lies. I implore American Jews: do more. Israel cannot fight this big battle alone. If you are affiliated with a Jewish or- ganization, let it know you want it to actively, openly and unequivocally oppose the BDS campaign and those who support it. Inform yourself, your friends and families, by visiting websites of or- ganizations like StandWi- thUs, Jewish Virtual Library, AIPAC, AJC and others that will update you and provide information about BDS and anti-Semitism. I urge the organized Jewish community and its members to wake up and stand up for the Jewish state of Israel, and for all it represents, and for all it works to achieve. Hen Mazzig is the campus coordinator for StandWith- Us'Pacific Northwest chap- ter in the United States. Hen was in the IDF for almost five years. As a lieutenant in the COGAT unit, he worked as an intermediary between the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and the Palestinian Authority (PA), the UN, and the many nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that work in the West Bank. His unit was responsible for overseeing the construc- tion of medical facilities, schools, environmental projects, roads, water- related infrastructure, and for security coordination with the Palestinian Se- curity Forces, part of the Palestinian Authority. ers who live in democracies. Knesset Members can enact what they want, but the Fi- nance Ministry is famed for holding back on the shekels. Also, virtually all laws are en- acted in general terms, with implementation depending on the rules to be crafted in the ministries. It is not unusual for activists to wait a long time for those rules. Sometimes they never ap- pear. And they may gut what those passionate for reform said they were enacting. There is, alas, a place for rational assessment in mod- ern government. It is seldom done under the spotlight of intense public interest, and not by activists who avoid concern with costs, the gritty issues of designing criteria for beneficiaries, and train- ing administrators who must use their judgement about individual cases. For those who are disap- pointed in what the bureau- cracy allows, there are courts for people feeling themselves deprived, and the media to generate yet another cam- paign of reform. Ira Sharkansky is profes- sor (Emeritus), Department of Political Science, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. JOIN00 IN CELEBRATION 0 A % ; SPECIAL CELEBRATION ISSUE JANUARY 31, 2014 Hundreds of different parties will be held in the Jewish community throughout the coming year. HERITAGE readers will be in need of a variety of products and services, including hotels, hair salons, clothing stores, jewelers, printers, florists, restaurants and many others. 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